CWD found in northwest Wisconsin deer

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials say a wild deer in northwestern Wisconsin has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Department of Natural Resources lands division administrator Kurt Thiede said Monday the deer was discovered just outside Shell Lake in far northwestern Wisconsin in November. Test results from the National Veterinary Services lab in Ames, Iowa, received Friday confirmed the deer was infected.

The fatal brain disease was first discovered in Wisconsin near Mount Horeb in 2002, marking the first time the disease had been found east of the Mississippi River. The DNR had managed to contain it to a zone around there by adopting a contentious policy calling for hunters to kill as many deer as possible in the area.


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  • by yo yo ma Location: third tree on the left on Apr 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM
    ban baiting statewide, when the legal limit went from 10 gallons to 2 it didn`t make any difference because you still see the trailers full of pumpkins and other bait heading north every weekend. you`ll get the whiners but for every unskilled crybaby who stops hunting offer additional tags to true sportman/sportswoman at a discounted price...it`ll thin out the public land for better hunting opportunities and help the deer herd
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    No suprise. I knew that it was just a matter of time.
  • by billy Location: ec on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    So was this deer shot by a hunter? Found dead alongside a road? Hit by a car? Where are the specifics to when how why where this deer came to be tested??!? I would like more facts !
  • by Bill Location: Cumberland on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    I had a feeling we would having this discussion sooner or later. Whatever the cause of CWD is, from what I have read about it, I will be doing some soul searching as to if I and my family will be eating venison anymore. Cooking doesn't kill it. As a deer hunter and consumer of venison for 43 years, this is indeed a sad day.
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      by Sam on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:17 AM in reply to Bill
      CWD is a prion disease and thus is most likely contained in the brain and nervous tissues. If you stay away from eating those cuts of meat closest to the spinal cord you would be very unlikely to even ingest any infected tissue. There is actually no evidence to suggest that it is transmittable across species either. However, "mad cow disease" which is also a prion disease (although distinctly different)has been thought to have crossed the species barrier into humans in the form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob. So, your call I guess but I would say you are probably pretty safe.
  • by Steve on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    I hope the DNR will rethink the theory that CWD is caused by overpopulation of the deer herd because the deer herd is not overpopulated in the north west and they found CWD. Time to end the over harvesting of our precious whitetail deer in the whole state.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to Steve
      The theory wasn't that CDW was caused by overpopulation. The fear is rapid spread of the disease due to overpopulation.
  • by deer hunter on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    Dear Deer Czar, let's nip this in the behind.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    You got to keep a close eye on the insurance companies who would love for all the deer in wisconsin to be eradicated. If I were a big insurance company, I would plant infected deer with cwd in a place were they would be easily found and watch the dnr get crazy and want all the deer dead. This is just a thought to be considered.
  • by uh-oh on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    Well there goes the rest of the five deer in northwest wisconsin.
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      by Bill on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:12 AM in reply to uh-oh
      uh-oh, your comment made my day!
  • by Deb Location: Whitehall on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:23 PM
    I knew there had to be something other than Wolves affecting the population. I know how the anti wolf people are, but the answer to no deer is not so simple as just wolves.
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      by Louis on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to Deb
      I apppreciate your post but CWD has nothing to with deer population or very little. The main reason for no deer is sorry to say the very large wolf population and the very liberal doe permits issued over the last 5 yrs. I live up north and have seen where the wolves go into deer yards up here in the winter and just kill as many as they can and eat very little. This in turn is all the fawns and future mothers and half of the fawns taht will not have deer in the future and this has been going on for 8 plus yrs that's why there are no deer
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        by Anon on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to Louis
        The reason the deer population is falling has absolutely nothing to do with wolves and everything to do with the fact that the DNR has been promoting overhunting for the last 15 years. And now that they realize that the deer herd is decreasing they can step back and say "Yeah, its the wolves".
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      by Sam on Apr 2, 2012 at 02:47 PM in reply to Deb
      By your response one would assume that you must not live near any wolf population.......because if you did you would see that the answer is unfortunately that simple. Wolves have been horrible to our local deer population.
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        by ME on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to Sam
        Luck for us there is a Wolf season coming soon to a woods near you in Wisconsin.
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      by Wow on Apr 2, 2012 at 03:42 PM in reply to Deb
      Your comments are ridiculous! Nothing new there but thought I would point it out.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:41 PM in reply to Deb
      You really do know nothing about hunting or deer population.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to
        I fail to see how you can conclude that Deb knows nothing about deer hunting. Explain.
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      by anon on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Deb
      Amen sister!! You said a mouthful!!
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        by Fact on Apr 5, 2012 at 07:25 AM in reply to anon
        Yeah a mouthful of rubbage.
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          by Brian on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to Fact
          I bow hunt amongst wolves (near Rhinelander), do not bait, and every year either have an opportunity to kill a decent buck, or pass up small ones. I gun hunt where there have been unlimited tags for several years (near Minong)and have shot a buck 15 out of the last 13 years, again, no baiting. Its not the wolves, its the weather and overharvesting by humans that reduce the deer herd. If you are a hunter, and not just a shooter, you'd be able to read the signs of nature.
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